Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Publishes PREA Standards: FINAL RULE (March 7, 2014)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is issuing regulations setting standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and assault in DHS confinement facilities.
This rule is effective May 6, 2014.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
6 CFR Part 115
ICEB-2012-0003
RIN 1653-AA65
Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Assault in Confinement Facilities

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Draft PREA Standards Released for Public Comment (December 6, 2012)

DHS proposes to issue regulations setting standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and assault in DHS confinement facilities.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
6 CFR Part 115
ICEB-2012-0003
RIN 1653-AA65
Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Assault in Confinement Facilities

PREA 101 Webinars

The PREA 101 Webinar Series focuses on the U.S Department of Justice’s National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape, released on May 17, 2012. Each webinar will provide a presentation on standards readiness and blueprints for moving forward in the various correctional settings including adult prisons, jails and lock-ups, community corrections and juvenile agencies. The goal of the series is to: (1) assist agencies in triaging their response to the standards; (2) share information and resources; and (3) answer questions.

PREA 101 transcripts and materials are now located at http://www.wcl.american.edu/endsilence/webinars.cfm

PREA Standards

UPDATE: Comparing PREA Standards from NPREC Inception to Final DOJ Standards.
May 2012
The Project on Addressing Prison Rape worked on a side-by-side comparison of the DOJ proposed PREA standards for adult prisons and jails, community corrections, juveniles and lock-up facilities in 2011 when DOJ released proposed standards. The Project has updated those comparison charts as an analytical tool and to assist individuals and organizations in understanding the standards. The comparison charts condense the document for each of the four types of standards that were released. Each chart contains: (1) the initial National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) standard; (2) the revised DOJ standard; (3) DOJ’s final standard; and (4) an area for analysis. Currently we are working to analyze the standards and will revise these publications once we have done so. Until then feel free tocontact us with questions about these charts or the standards themselves.

Comparison Chart for Adult Prisons and Jails

Comparison Chart for Lock-up Facilities

Comparison Chart for Juvenile Justice Agencies

Comparison Chart for Community Corrections

FINAL PREA STANDARDS RELEASED May 17, 2012

The standards are available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/programs/pdfs/prea_final_rule.pdf . Please review them carefully and feel free to contact us with any questions (202-274-4385 OR endsilence@wcl.american.edu).

Presidential Memorandum: Implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act
To read the press release from The Project on Addressing Prison Rape click here.

Comparing PREA Standards: Changes by the U.S. Department of Justice
February 2011

The Project on Addressing Prison Rape worked on a side-by-side comparison of the DOJ proposed PREA standards for adult prisons and jails, community corrections, juveniles and lock-up facilities. The Project developed comparison charts as an analytical tool and to assist individuals and organizations in understanding and commenting on the standards. The DOJ notice of proposed rulemaking is quite large as is the document on the DOJ website. The comparison charts condense the document for each of the four types of standards that were released. Each chart contains: (1) the initial National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) standard; (2) the revised DOJ standard; (3) DOJ’s reasoning for the change to the extent they provided one; (4) questions DOJ posed in relation to that specific standard; AND (5) an area for your analysis.

Comparison Chart for Adult Prisons and Jails

Comparison Chart for Lock-up Facilities

Comparison Chart for Juvenile Justice Agencies

Comparison Chart for Community Corrections

We invite you to contact us with questions and your own comments. Click here to send us your questions and comments.

DOJ Releases DRAFT PREA Standards for Public Comment
February 3, 2011

The Department of Justice ( Department) has under review national standards for combating sexual abuse in confinement settings that were prepared by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (Commission) pursuant to the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) and recommended by the Commission to the Attorney General. On March 10, 2010, the Department published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit public input on the Commission’s proposed national standards and to receive information useful to the Department in publishing a final rule adopting national standards for the detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prison rape, as mandated by PREA. The Department is now publishing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to propose such national
standards for comment and to respond to the public comments received on the ANPRM.

Click here for the Federal Register notice.

PREA Standards: Cost Study Released by The Office of Justice Programs

The Office of Justice Programs has released the PREA Cost Impact Analysis. This report “is the final report of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Cost Impact Analysis, an effort to assist the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in the review of the standards published by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) on June 23, 2009. This document assesses the costs specific to each standard, assesses variations within the cost estimates, and addresses a comprehensive view of implementation and compliance on a national level. It covers five sectors of correctional operations: state prison systems, state and local juvenile facilities, community corrections, and local/county jails, police lockups.” For a copy of the report click here.

Comments for PREA Standards

The Department of Justice (Department) is reviewing national standards for enhancing the prevention, detection, and response to sexual abuse in confinement settings that were prepared by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (Commission) pursuant to the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) and recommended by the Commission to the Attorney General. The Department issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit public input on the Commission's proposed national standards and to receive information useful to the Department in publishing a final rule adopting national standards for the detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prison rape, as mandated by PREA. Below is a selection of comments provided to the Project on Addressing Prison Rape for posting.

The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission
The Project on Addressing Prison Rape
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
ACLU, Lambda, NCLR, NCTE and TLC

Final PREA Standards by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission
RELEASED: June 23, 2009

Executive Summary
Report
Standards for Adult Prisons and Jails
Standards for Lock-ups
Standards for Juvenile Facilities
Standards for Community Corrections